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Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-December-2018  12:06:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some projects from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on at any moment in the forums is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

Kh0de made a "Gavin Belson
Signature Edition" mini-PC

Recharge is removing some
rust with electrolysis

ShadowBurger is rebuilding
a turbo diesel engine

Phido converted a mountain
bike into an Ebike

Sgt Bilko built a
Socket A nostalgia PC

while radeon_freak built a
custom hard-tubing PC

Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  14:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The encryption-busting legislation has been passed into law without any amendments, thanks to a last-minute deal. The bill appeared to be defeated on Thursday, the last day parliament will sit this year, until Labor leader Bill Shorten offered an olive branch to his rivals that night, agreeing to allow ALP senators to pass the bill without any of its own proposed amendments in order to empower law enforcement agencies before Christmas. The international technology community is vocally opposed to the legislation. "The new Australian law is deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities," the coalition said in a statement.

Phone scammers have been making a fortune from Australian victims. Australians were conned out of more than $800,000 in November alone as a "tsunami" of scam phone calls threatened people with arrest if they did not hand over their personal details. New figures from the Australian Taxation Office reveal more than 37,000 scam attempts were reported just last month.

The game Half-Life recently turned 20 years old. It’s only the now-simple visuals that tell you Half-Life is 20 years old. Its storytelling is so clever, subtle and perfectly pitched, it can still engross you. Half-Life taught a whole generation of big-budget game developers how to tell stories in an interactive space without continually wresting control from the player. Followed by a variety of sequels and add-ons, expanding the story and exploring new perspectives, it was also a lesson in universe building. No wonder that more than a decade since the last instalment, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, fans are still yearning for another sequel. Discussion here.

Meanwhile Doom turned 25 yesterday, and co-creator John Romero has announced some new content, named Sigil. Sigil contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels, and will be released for free in mid-February 2019. As a megawad, you'll need the original Doom (not the remake) to play it. Discussion in recent posts to this thread.

Still on the retro kick, it was 50 years ago this month that Douglas Engelbart gave the mother of all demos. On December 9, 1968 at a computer conference in San Francisco, Engelbart showed off the first inklings of numerous technologies that we all now take for granted: video conferencing, a modern desktop-style user interface, word processing, hypertext, the mouse, collaborative editing, among many others. Even before his famous demonstration, Engelbart outlined his vision of the future more than a half-century ago in his historic 1962 paper, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework."

NVIDIA unveiled the Titan RTX recently, which brings a new meaning to the phrase "4k video card". We don't have a hard release date on the Titan RTX as yet, but its live on NVIDIA'a Australian website (where you can also be notified about it) and it has been pegged for release in the U.S. and Europe by the end of the year. Hopefully we won't be far behind. What we do know is that the Titan RTX will set you back a cool $3,999.

The ACCC are taking a dim view of Facebook and Google's media dominance in Australia, with recommendations to control and limit their presence here. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has indicated the need for potential new regulations to stop major tech companies from abusing their power to the detriment of Australia’s media and digital advertising industries. In a preliminary report released today, it put forth 11 recommendations to improve oversight of the tech giants and prevent them from engaging in potentially discriminatory conduct.

Andrew sent in this story of someone DDoSing a forum and going to prison for it. OKLAHOMA CITY – DAVID CHESLEY GOODYEAR, 44, of El Segundo, California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for directing distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attacks against two websites owned by Oklahoma telescope retailer Astronomics in August 2016, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  13:25:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard on HardOCP.
Intel Core i5-9600K Processor Overclocking Review on HardOCP.

Crucial P1 500GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks, OCAU review of the 1TB model here.
Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
QNAP TS-963X NAS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
1stPlayer Bullet Hunter MK6 Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
FNATIC Clutch2 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Darksiders III game on OCClub.
Just Cause 4 PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon RX 590 Linux Benchmarks, 18-Way NVIDIA/AMD Gaming Comparison on Phoronix.
Battlefield V Ultra DXR Patch and Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Battlefield V Tides of War GeForce RTX DirectX Raytracing on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
APC UPS 600VA BE600M1 Battery Backup & Surge Protector on LegitReviews.
Corsair SF600 (2018) 600W SFX PSU on HardOCP.

Dell Latitude 7390 Ultrabook on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headphones on Tweaktown.
Antec Torque open-air case on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO video card on HardOCP.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-December-2018  08:54:58 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

I think I remember how to do this!

XPG SX8200 Pro SSD on Vortez
QNAP TS-251B Network Attached Storage on APH Networks
Crucial BX500 480GB SATAIII SSD on FunkyKit
Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB and 500GB on LanOC
Asustor AS4004T Low-Cost 10GbE NAS on TweakTown
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB on TechPowerUp
ADATA HD830 4TB Portable HDD on TweakTown

Team Group T-Force Night Hawk RGB Legend DDR4 on Guru3D
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI (8GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit

Input etc:
Razer Naga Trinity MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps
Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo Gaming Keyboard on Techreport
SteelSeries Rival 710 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit
Dark Project ME3 Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
Arozzi Sfera, Sfera Pro & Colonna USB Microphones on NikKTech

HP Spectre Folio Hybrid Notebook on Hot Hardware
FiiO M7 Portable High Resolution Music Player on NikKTech
HUAWEI Mate 20 with Triple Leica Cameras on TechARP
Keezel Travel VPN on TweakTown

Ooma Butterfleye Smart Security Camera with Facial Recognition on BigBruin
Logitech Circle 2 Security Camera on OCC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Linux Gaming Benchmarks on Phoronix
MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors on Techspot
Enermax LiqFusion 240 AIO Cooler on OCInside
Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 External Gaming Audio DAC on Hardware Asylum

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-December-2018  14:42:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wrist still very sore unfortunately which is limiting mouse/KB time.. but thanks to Dan and Tim this week!

Access and Accessibility Bill (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-December-2018  12:36:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Coalition and Labour have come to an agreement on the "Assistance and Access Bill" legislation, which sounds like they're going to build wheelchair ramps or something similarly nice. In fact, they want permission to break everyone's encryption. Under the terms of the deal, law enforcement agencies will not be able to issue technical capability notices for companies to build back doors unless both the attorney general and communications minister approve. The bill will contain a definition of “systemic weakness” – which companies cannot be asked to create – and stipulates that disputes about what constitutes such an impermissible back door will be determined by a former judge and a person with technical expertise. So, a back door which only the good guys can use. How can that even be a thing someone is seriously asking for? Not to mention it's yet another boot in the side of the Australian tech industry and makes us look even more backwards in the eyes of the world.

Electronic Frontiers Australia have a page showing how you can contact your representative to oppose the Bill. Computerworld have a summary of concerns from the Australian IT community.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-December-2018  14:02:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechSpot noticed that it's possible to overclock some low-end Athlon CPUs, thanks to a BIOS error. In an unexpected turn of events, it’s now possible to overclock the otherwise-locked Athlon 200GE processor that currently sits as the least expensive Zen-based chip you can buy, selling for about $55. In what appears to be a slip up by MSI, about two weeks ago the component maker released a new BIOS for their full range of AM4 motherboards to include support version of AMD’s Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture, otherwise known as AGESA.

HotHardware have an interview with Intel about their discrete GPU strategy. Lest we forget, Intel is not new to graphics. Intel GPU cores, integrated into its desktop and mobile processors, push the pixels in hundreds of millions of systems. And the company has a low-power DirectX 12-class GPU already in its repertoire. Theoretically, if Intel wanted, it could simply scale up its current GPU architecture and make more powerful discrete GPUs. This is not what Intel will be doing, however. In our discussion with Ari, he specifically stated that the GPU coming in 2020 is a massive enhancement to Intel’s graphics IP, optimized for future graphics, compute, and machine learning workloads.

The expanded site-blocking legislation has been passed into law. It widens the country's existing website-blocking system by allowing copyright owners to apply for injunctions to force ISPs to prevent their customers from accessing pirate sites. Once an injunction has been granted, the ISP can block mirror and proxy sites without needing to return to court. Meanwhile, search engines such as Google and Bing are also to be held responsible for linking to banned sites, and will now be required to remove links to them, again with mirror and proxy sites included.

SpaceX launched 64 satellites in one go recently. Setting new commercial launch and satellite industry records, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled by a first stage booster launched and recovered two times before soared into a clear morning sky over California’s Central Coast on Monday with 64 small satellites, then returned to a pinpoint landing on a vessel parked offshore in the Pacific Ocean, potentially to be flown again.

MasterCard and Microsoft want to give everyone a unique digital identity. Access to a universally-recognized digital identity could unlock new and enhanced experiences for people as they interact with businesses, service providers and their community online. Kiiiinda sounds like an episode of Black Mirror, though.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-December-2018  13:01:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still struggling a bit with my wrist, but getting there..

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z390 Gaming Edge AC (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon on Guru3D.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 on TechPowerUp.
Aorus Z390 Pro Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
HyperX Cloud MIX Headset on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Jacked Up With Less Jack: OnePlus 6T Smartphone on Techgage.
OnePlus 6T Review: Performance, Quality And Price Leadership Again on HotHardware.

HyperX Savage EXO Portable SSD on HWAsylum.
HyperX SAVAGE EXO external SSD on Vortez.
Crucial's P1 500-GB QLC NVMe SSD on TechReport, OCAU's review of the 1TB model here.
LaCie Rugged RAID Pro on Tweaktown.

Just Cause 4 Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden game on TechPowerUp.
Adrenalin 18.12.1 Driver Performance, RX 590 & RX Vega 56 on BabelTechReviews.

SilverStone RGB fan grills, Christmas decorations? on LanOC.
ASUS TUF Gaming H5 headset on Vortez.
Arctic BioniX P120 fan on Vortez.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-December-2018  23:34:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-9900K Workstation & Gaming Performance on TechGage.
EVGA Z390 FTW Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
Supermicro SUPERO C9Z390-CG-IW on FunkyKit.
Intel Core i5-9600K Processor Overclocking on HardOCP.

Crucial P1 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks, OCAU review here.
Patriot EVLVR Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD on HotHardware.
T-Force Delta RGB SSD on Tweaktown, OCAU review of "Rainbow" model here.

Audio Visual:
Edifier W860NB Active Noise Cancelling Headphones on TechARP.
E-Lektron EL20-MB & EL16-P Mobile Sound Systems on NikKTech.
BenQ EX3501R curved monitor on Vortez.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon RX 590 Roundup – PowerColor, Sapphire and XFX on LegitReviews.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming X TRIO 8G on Guru3D.

GeForce 417.01 Performance with RTX 2070 FE & EVGA GTX 1060/6 SC on BabelTechReviews.
Netgear Orbi Voice on Tweaktown.
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile keyboard on Vortez.
noblechairs HERO Series Office and Gaming Chair on HardOCP.
Deepcool Captain 240 EX All-In-One CPU Cooler on HardOCP.
Lian Li Lancool One Digital cases on TechPowerUp.
Zeblaze THOR PRO 3G Smartwatch on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-November-2018  14:12:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Perhaps I should have titled this post "Wrist Pics".. because I managed to hurt my wrist quite badly at hockey last night. I've been running around all morning getting xrays and seeing doctors and fortunately nothing is broken, but I'm going to have to wear a wrist brace for a while - and had no time to put Misc Pics together. So here's a flashback to 10 years ago, Misc Pics from November 2008.

11th November 2008:

14th November 2008:

21st November 2008:

and 28th November 2008:

Crucial P1 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-November-2018  15:25:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick review of the Crucial P1, a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD using 3D QLC NAND. That's quite a mouthful, but what does it all mean, and is it any good?

click for the review!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-November-2018  15:05:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Stormforce Crystal GTX 1080Ti video cards on Vortez.
XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+ on HardOCP.

Kingston HyperX Fury RGB 480 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.
HyperX FURY RGB SSD on Vortez.
Silicon Power Secure G50 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
Samsung 860 QVO 1TB and 4TB SATA SSD on PCPerspective.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 Mk.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Razer BlackWidow Elite keyboard on Vortez.
GameSir VX AimSwitch E-sports Gaming Input Adapter Combo for Consoles on FunkyKit.
Corepad Skatez Mouse Feet on TechPowerUp.

Cryorig C7 Cu CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Enermax NEOChanger and Thermaltake Pacific W4 Plus Vlog on OCInside.
Deepcool Captain 240 EX All-In-One CPU Cooler on HardOCP.

HiKam A7 HD WiFi Waterproof IP Camera on OCClub.
Antec VP700P PLUS 700W Power Supply on NikKTech.
Realme 2 Pro smartphone on TechARP.
noblechairs HERO Series Office and Gaming Chair on HardOCP.

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